Congratulations to Ron Fimrite on an excellent article on Reggie Jackson (For Both Love and Money, March 15). If anyone deserves happiness, Jackson does. For the past couple of seasons "the straw that stirs the drink" was in a no-win situation. George Steinbrenner apparently didn't like Reggie and was determined to win the battle. Sorry, George. You lost. Reggie and Gene Autry won this round, and I, for one, hope they win Round 2 in October.
The article concerning Reggie Jackson's joining the California Angels is an interesting update on Angel owner Gene Autry's futile yet continuing efforts to buy a World Series championship by throwing large sums of money at fading superstars. Sad to say, the only champion Autry will ever be associated with is the one he used to ride in the Westerns he made four decades ago.
LANNY R. MIDDINGS
San Ramon, Calif.
Does Reggie Jackson hold the record for appearing on the cover in different uniforms? We remember seeing him on your cover in the garb of the A's, Orioles and Yankees and were wondering if his appearance in a fourth uniform, that of the California Angels, makes this an SI first.
? SI has never kept official track of such a record, but a review of past covers indicates that Jackson is the leader in this category. Billy Martin ranks second, having appeared, appropriately attired, as manager of the Twins, Rangers and Yankees. Martin also made the cover as a Yankee player.—ED.
Reggie did it again! How about a list of the Top Ten, those who have made your cover the most often?
JOHN A. COCHARIO
?The Top Five are Muhammad Ali (28 cover appearances), Jack Nicklaus (19), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (16), Arnold Palmer (14) and Bill Walton (14). Behind them come Sonny Liston, with nine appearances, and Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle, Joe Namath, Floyd Patterson and Pete Rose, with eight apiece, making it a Top 11.—ED.
How many more times is Reggie Jackson going to appear on your cover? Come on, enough is enough.
PETE DYE'S COURSE
Pete Dye is a genius (Target Golf Is the Aim, March 15). I have been dreaming about the 17th hole at the Players Club for three straight nights!
HUGH P. SMITH
Pete Dye has the right idea. The game of golf should be brought back to where there is more emphasis on accuracy than on distance. As Barry McDermott said, Arnold Palmer could land his jet on most of the fairways the pros play on the Tour. It's fun to watch the players shoot 15 or 20 under par in a tournament, but the courses that produce such low numbers are really not a true test for a great golfer.
Only one word describes the Tournament Players Club course: contrived.
COOPER E. TAYLOR JR.